Sunday, July 5, 2015
I didn't know I wanted this
Weekend festivities have really blown a hole in blog posting. I had in mind what I thought was a somewhat creative 4th Of July post slated for yesterday. But I didn't even see the beer and frivolity coming and now you're all going to have to wait a year for that one.
Today I had a different post in mind, but home renovations are preventing me from getting to most of my cards.
So, welcome to option No. 3 of the weekend.
This is a "card" that I received from Zach at Autographed Cards. I believe he pulled it from a Series 2 blaster/value box, and wondered whether I wanted it.
I admit, I waffled and worried over whether I wanted it for far too long. These manu-cards, as you know, are not my speed. It's a little too craft-fair for me, even when they're working in a manly medium like wood. Sometimes I read certain collectors fawning over items like this and I don't get it. It's an imitation bat knob. I barely know what to do with a real bat knob. Why is this considered a thing that anyone would desire?
Think back several years ago when you were collecting, or even collecting as a kid. Did you ever once wish you had a bat knob in your collection? A bat, sure. A bat knob? Never.
But I couldn't turn down the fake bat knob card. It's commemorating Jackie Robinson, and even though the picture on it has been repeated more often than episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" (I'm going to call this "Jackie pose No. 4"), I can't say "no" to Robinson.
Due to the wood piece on the card, it is very thick. It takes 15 cards of 2015 Topps average thickness to match one of these commemorative bat knob cards. That means this is now the thickest card that I own. The previous thickest card measured just 12 average cards:
As you know, card thickness can be an issue. Even Zach, in his note said he had no idea what to do with it.
I, as well, will hunt vainly for a top loader or case that can house this item, and it will be months and months before I come across one.
And then the fake bat knob card will join my fake ring card and my fake patch cards in a special place reserved for commemorative fakery in my collection.
But really I should not be as hard on these as I am.
I just didn't know I wanted them.